Mirantis is betting that ease of use and simple documentation will speed OpenStack adoption. That's the goal behind the new "Developer Edition" of Mirantis OpenStack Express, which the company calls "the fastest and easiest way to get an OpenStack cloud."

The Developer Edition offering, which Mirantis announced Dec. 4, provides a hosted OpenStack development environment, along with round-the-clock support from Mirantis. The environment for the basic package includes four virtual CPUs, 4GB RAM, 100GB of storage and two floating IP addresses.

The service is free for the first year of use, and costs $39.99 per month after that. Additional storage, CPU and memory resources are available for an extra fee.

Complemented by 12 free OpenStack tutorials that Mirantis also released Dec. 4, the Developer Edition will provide a risk-free way for developers to test the OpenStack waters to drive adoption of the cloud computing operating system, Mirantis hopes.

"The success of OpenStack is all about the solutions running on top of it," said Mirantis CEO Adrian Ionel. "Hundreds of thousands of developers are now familiar with cloud services and we want to enable them to ride the wave of OpenStack adoption. The free Developer Edition is their invitation to learn OpenStack and see its benefits, at no cost or risk."